The number of prescriptions in England in 2020–2021 was 167,000, which is 1% higher than 2019–2020 (164,000) but 15% lower than 2014–2015 (196,000), according to the Statistics on Alcohol, England 2021 report released today.
The total net ingredient cost was £4.63 million for drugs prescribed for alcohol dependence in 2020–2021, 2% higher than in 2019–2020 and 33% higher than in 2014–2015.
The report also includes previously published data from other sources, including statistics around alcohol-related hospital admissions, published in October 2021.
Under the narrow definition, drinking alcohol was the main reason for around 280,000 admissions to hospitals in 2019–2020. The number of admissions is 2% higher than in 2018–2019. There were almost 980,000 admissions in 2019–2020; under the broad measure, this is 4% higher than in 2018–2019.
Other data in the report include:
- Prescriptions for drugs to treat alcohol dependence by region
- Alcohol affordability and expenditure